Road Trip

Friday, July 03, 2015

Holiday Reading

38 degrees

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Practice Makes

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We managed to fit in some queueing practice today at Versailles. We were a little rusty but today's 1 1/2 hour intensive class was not for the weak (those map heads nearly didn't make it) and I am proud to report that our certification has been renewed.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Monday, June 29, 2015

A little bit of Israel in Les Halles. Delicious.

Chez Nous

Sunday, June 28, 2015

From one of the notes about the place we are staying. Very pleasing and a little sneeze inducing.

This is the Life

Saturday, June 27, 2015

So far it is all sunshine, stone fruit and pastries. All our lost luggage was delivered today. In a weird way that worked out perfectly because we didn't have to lug the bikes from the airport to our apartment. Happy days!


Friends in High Places

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I put the book from Mary next to the book from Eleanor on one of the high shelves. It makes me very happy to have them sitting there side by side like that. They are next to the Colour Yourself Calm book that I haven't started yet and several depressing books that I insisted on reading to the children. I only discovered just how depressing they are when we we got to the ends of the stories and my throat was tightening and I was trying not to cry and C and JW were in tears snuggled next to me. A cosy picture if viewed from outside by someone looking in but a wretched grief-wracked desolation felt by those of us inside listening to the story. With me cursing myself for choosing a book that meant I had to explain Sudden Infant Death Sydrome to my 7 and 8 old daughters at bedtime. Thank heavens Sweetie was too tired and had taken himself off to bed before we got to that bit. They'll sit safely on that shelf until I have fortified my constitution enough to put myself through that again.
I am going to take the colouring book and the pencils off the shelf tonight and pack them into my suitcase. Mr Duyvken and I are off on a very big adventure tomorrow. Just the two of us heading off for a week on our own before he meets up with his mates for some cycling. I will miss the little duyvkens but opportunities like this don't come along very often so we're grabbing it with both hands. I will let you know if the book really does induce calm.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

It's not easy taking a photo of a mirror without ending up in the picture. At least, it was for me.

Makes Perfect

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blues by JW

Monday, June 22, 2015

Little Blue is JW's current favourite. She peers at the pages, seeking out all the tiny details and finding things around the house and garden that remind her of the pictures and patterns on the pages. We passed a very happy, gold and blue weekend.

Good Morning

Sunday, June 21, 2015

After a grey week it is so good to see the sunshine.

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